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Thanksgiving butternut side-dish

I am not American, however, I have slowly got used to this American Feast since I have been living in Hong Kong.  Three years ago there weren´t many choices of where one could go for a typical American Feast and I can remember googling to find that special restaurant and I must say I did find a restaurant that was serving a thanksgiving dinner of turkey and the side dishes but unfortunately they didn´t get it quiet right. 

Last year I had another try and this time I am pleased to say it was spot on.  However, this year we are invited to our American friend´s home for the real thing and that will be something to look forward.   As she will be doing the turkey, her friends have to bring something that could be eaten for thanksgiving.   I have decided on a side-dish that we normally have with a meat that is done on the LotusGrill BBQ or in the oven and I do believe it will work for thanksgiving.

South African Butternut Dish

1 whole butternut, pealed, pipped and chopped into bit size chunks

1 Onion chopped

2 tomatoes chopped into small pieces

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp honey

1 tsp sweet paprika powder

Kalahari Salt and Malabar pepper to taste

500ml vegetable broth


Fry the onion and garlic under golden brown.  Then add the chucks of butternut and tomato. Gently stir around for a short while.  Then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Stir until the spices are distributed with the butternut.  The add the broth and honey.  Allow to cook gently until the butternut is cooked to your liking (approximately 20 minutes).

If you can´t get a butternut, then use a pumpkin.  As I am going to a thanksgiving dinner tonight, I do believe I will use a pumpkin to meet the occasion.